April 27, 2017

Four search categories about the Flint water crisis saw increased activity in fall 2015

Four search categories about the Flint water crisis saw increased activity in fall 2015

Proportion of all Google searches that contain Flint water crisis-related terms for each category within each geographic area

Public health and contaminants in Michigan

Personal health, public health and news in Flint

Larger proportion of searches

Oct 1

Genesee County issues public health emergency

Sep 24–25

High blood levels detected in Flint children. Flint issues lead warning

Sep 25

Lead advisory issued

High point

HP

Personal health

HP

Public health

Public health

Smaller proportion of searches

High point

Contaminants

HP

News

Months

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F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

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O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

2014

2015

2016

2014

2015

2016

Note: For details on search topic definitions and sampling, see the Methodology.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of Google Health API data for Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

 

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Four search categories about the Flint water crisis saw increased activity in fall 2015

Proportion of all Google searches that contain Flint water crisis-related terms for each category within each geographic area

Personal health, public health and news in Flint

Oct 1

Genesee County issues public health emergency

Larger proportion of searches

Sep 25

Lead advisory issued

High point

HP

Personal health

HP

Public health

Smaller proportion of searches

News

Months

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

2014

2015

2016

Public health and contaminants in Michigan

Sep 24–25

High blood levels detected in Flint children. Flint issues lead warning

Larger proportion of searches

Public health

Contaminants

High point

Smaller proportion of searches

HP

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

2014

2015

2016

Note: For details on search topic definitions and sampling, see the Methodology.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of Google Health API data for Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

 

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Four search categories about the Flint water crisis saw increased activity in fall 2015

Proportion of all Google searches that contain Flint water crisis-related terms for each category within each geographic area

Personal health, public health and news in Flint

Larger proportion of searches

Oct 1

Genesee County issues public health emergency

Sep 25

Lead advisory issued

High pt.

Personal health

Public health

HP

News

HP

Smaller proportion of searches

2014

2015

2016

Public health and contaminants in Michigan

Sep 24–25

High blood levels detected in Flint children. Flint issues lead warning

Larger proportion of searches

Public health

Contaminants

High pt.

Smaller proportion of searches

High pt.

2014

2015

2016

Note: For details on search topic definitions and sampling, see the Methodology.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of Google Health API data for Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

 

PEW RESEARCH CENTER